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1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571297919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571297917
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,928 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Put together by John Lloyd, the creator of comedy television quiz show QI; John Mitchinson, the program's director of research; and James Harkin, the senior researcher, the book's disparate, seemingly random contents elicit plenty of laughs--and no wonder; these men have made careers out of finding largely nonsensical but wholly true facts with which to entertain and delight.

Amusing fodder for trivia nuts.

You can't NOT read books like this. They're addicting. --Maggie Galehouse

Informative, astonishing and often hilarious.

A treasure trove of factoids.

Entertaining... elicit[s] plenty of laughs. --Stevie Godson

Entertaining...elicit[s] plenty of laughs. --Stevie Godson

Entertaining elicit[s] plenty of laughs. --Stevie Godson"

Informative, astonishing and often hilarious. "

Amusing fodder for trivia nuts. "

A treasure trove of factoids. "

Entertaining elicit[s] plenty of laughs.--Stevie Godson"

You can t NOT read books like this. They re addicting.--Maggie Galehouse" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is a buffet groaning with mouth-watering nuggets from QI's first ten years.

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If you enjoy the QI programme, you'll love this fantastic collection of the weird and the wonderful. I got it in the Kindle format for the bargain price of 20p and read it all the way through without stopping. Now I'm going through it again reading out loud to anyone who'll listen. One point is that this is probably better bought in the print format as it's the perfect coffee table book; your friends will enjoy dipping in - but they'll have trouble putting it down.
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As a keen contestant in quizzes, I own a fair-sized selection of general 'trivia' books, and so it was with keen anticipation that I opened this book, the latest from the 'QI' stable. (I should make clear at the outset that I have met James Harkin, one of the writers, a couple of times, and correspond with him occasionally.)

The standard of 'QI' books has generally been high in the past (I was particularly fond of the now-discontinued series of annuals!) so I had high hopes for this. The presentation of the book is simple - the 1,227 facts are presented four to a page throughout the book. They are not explicitly divided into themes although at many points similar facts are collected together, or one fact relates somehow to the next. This works well and I found that reading the book cover-to-cover worked well - although of course, as with any work of this kind, the book can be dipped into as well.

The acid test of books of this kind lies in the choice of facts - too many such works trot out the usual chestnuts, reminding you for the 27th time that (e.g.) duelling is legal in Paraguay but only if the participants are registered blood donors. This book passes this test convincingly. Even for the dedicated trivia-lover, there are plenty of very novel facts in here and the bar has been set high in terms of quite-interestingness. I won't spoil the surprises by giving any examples but there are some real beauties in here.

All told, this would make an ideal stocking filler Christmas present for anyone interested in facts and trivia, and is one of the best books of this kind I have read - it's not as encyclopaedic as Mitchell Symons' 'This Book' trilogy, but the standard of interestingness is as high (if not higher).
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Where else could you find out that Richard Gere's middle name is Tiffany? The joy of this book is that the facts are funny as well as clever, and it is a lot of fun reading them aloud to someone else. Perk up your Christmas Day by giving this to the cracker-joke bore in your family!
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Reading this book I can't help wondering if the main reason for releasing it (and making it so cheap to ensure maximum readership) was so QI could cotinue to correct common assumptions by providing so many new ones! Now 20p may seem cheap but an incorrect fact isn't worth little - it's worth less than nothing.

I've no doubt they're are some interesting titbits in here but the problem is with it that it's time consuming to find out if they are true. Thankfully there is an online source checker (awkward to use as it requires you to end the page numbers, which aren't on the kindle version) and I checked the interesting fact that "50% more US Soldiers committed suicide in Afghanistan in 2012 than were killed in action". To my suprise The Guardian appeared to be the source of this, and I was thinking that I might have dig deeper to find where The Guardian had got its questionable data. Opening the link there was no need, as The Guardian article (actually the headline alone did) disproved the very thing that sourced it, the 50% greater suicides are from the entire active US service, compared with combat deaths in Afghanistan alone. Still the number of suicide sounded pretty high, but then less than 5 mins of checking and using a calculator revealed that, actually, the suicide rate in the US military is the same as the normal population - that might not be interesting, but it is true.

Now I'll see if 10% of football injuries really are caused by goal celebrations and the average science paper is read by 0.6 people...
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This book is another success in the canon of QI, did you know for example: that a carrier pigeon is faster than a fax over a distance of a mile, or that the 'g spot' was nearly called the 'whipple tickle'? Can be read cover to cover, or dipped into if one has a spare few minutes and is just as satisfying. I am, as you would expect, now thoroughly sockless.
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What a load of absolute bollocks. Are we supposed to believe this stuff? "The centre of the galaxy tastes like raspberries"?
If you're a scientist or understand science, don't buy this, you'll end up shouting at your Kindle. Here's a prize one "The universe is shaped like a vuvuzela"
Talk about dumbed down! This is dumbed down to amoeba level. Don't waste your money
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I was rather expecting this to be more like the QI "books of general ignorance" - an interesting factoid or question answered thoroughly.

It isn't - as others have said, it seems like it would an an excellent "loo" book, as it's possible to read just one fact or several dozen.

Each fact is stated as simply as possible, with some enjoyable thematic groupings from one fact to the next, but there is no backing up or explanation of each one. For that one must access the sources page online, itself a selection of entertaining and intriguing websites.

Overall I found it very enjoyable, even though it wasn't really what I was expecting it to be.
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